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MIF is hiring a Membership & Development Associate

Position: Membership and Development Associate, Media Impact Funders Media Impact Funders (MIF) is a national membership philanthropy serving organization (PSO) that advances the work of a broad range of funders committed to effective use and support of media in the public interest. Media Impact Funders informs, convenes and mobilizes a growing network of funders around […]

Philanthropy can help expose the truth about racial inequality in America through support of documentary films

Across America, there is a battle being fought in state houses and school boards over the future of our society, and whether we will continue to build on progress to be a diverse and inclusive nation or if we will allow ourselves to revert to being a society that discriminates on the base of race […]

Member spotlight: The Joyce Foundation

The Joyce Foundation, a member of MIF since 2016, is a Chicago-based private foundation that focuses on evidence-based public policy solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing challenges. Since 1993, Joyce has been a leader among philanthropies in supporting efforts to prevent gun violence. (Research the foundation has supported informed key provisions of the […]

The 2022 Media Impact Forum: Stories for Justice

The 2022 Media Impact Forum: Stories for Justice, held at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., showcased media and dialogue about the ways in which funders can support storytelling as a powerful lever in the fight for equal justice. Below, you’ll find recordings of each session, links to resources, and transcripts for each session […]

Listen, Learn, Connect: Cultural Organizations and Digital Strategy in the COVID-19 Era

Media Impact Funders and Grantmakers in the Arts hosted a panel discussion celebrating the release of a new report commissioned by the Wyncote Foundation looking at pandemic-era shifts to digital programming among arts and cultural organizations. The virtual conversation provided a chance to hear from three leaders expanding their work in the digital realm. Listen, […]

Member spotlight: Perspective Fund

The role of the impact campaign and its impact producer is critical to the long-term success of a film whose goal is to catalyze social change. It’s the impact producer who must deeply understand the film’s mission and message, and then figure out how best to leverage it for impact—whether it’s raising awareness, inspiring action […]

Amid war, a clear and collective call to support public interest media in Ukraine

Every day, as the Russian invasion of Ukraine grinds on, we are witness to bloody crimes against Ukrainian civilians and crimes against humanity, in a growing crescendo of violence that can only be called genocide. The grim photos and videos streaming out of the city of Bucha in recent days, call to mind the chilling images […]

Looking forward prompts us to look back: Reflections from our 2019 Media Impact Forum

As we prepare for our first in-person gathering since the pandemic began, the Media Impact Forum at the National Geographic Society on June 1, we have been thinking back to the last time we got together in person for our Forum—titled Radio Active Culture—in May 2019, at the American Philosophical Society, here in Philadelphia. In […]

Member spotlight: Colorado Health Foundation

The Colorado Health Foundation, a member of MIF since 2020, has worked to bring health in reach for all Coloradans for more than two decades by engaging closely with communities across the state through investing, policy advocacy, learning and capacity building. Since 2015, the foundation sharpened its focus on creating health equity for all Coloradans, […]

Emergency funds and resources for media organizations and journalists in Ukraine

To support the work of media organizations and journalists regarding the war in Ukraine, the Global Forum for Media Development has curated an extensive list of organizations providing emergency funding, available for journalists and media as well as crisis and emergency resources. In addition, GFMD is hosting information-sharing meetings; advising donors on how and where […]

WATCH: Learn about the recent merger/acquisition WBEZ and The Chicago-Sun Times

Media Impact Funders offered a special preview of Knight Foundation’s 2022 Knight Media Forum, the premier gathering of leaders in philanthropy, journalism and technology working to strengthen local news, communities and democracy. This meeting provided a chance for those attending to hear a sneak peak of what would be discussed. We also heard from Tracy […]

WATCH: Here’s how Color Congress is building a more inclusive documentary film ecosystem

We didn’t get to have our annual funder meeting at Sundance, but we were eager to make space for our film funders to connect with each other and build in time to reflect on the film festival as a group. We also learned about a new field-building organization called the Color Congress. The organization, seeded […]